Healthcare Sciences




Healthcare Science is a term used to describe a group of professionals involved in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of a large number of medical conditions. There are four categories that broadly fall under healthcare science, these are:

  • Physiological Sciences – involves using specialist equipment and technologies to evaluate the different body systems to diagnose abnormalities and where possible provide treatment
  • Life Sciences – includes supporting doctors and other healthcare professionals in the diagnosis and treatment of disease by analysing blood, tissue and other samples from patients (Pathology). Life sciences also include the fields of genetics and reproductive sciences.
  • Physical Science and Biomedical Engineering – involves developing ways of measuring what is happening in the body to diagnose and treat disease. Specialties include:
    • Clinical Computing
    • Clinical Engineering
    • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
    • Radiotherapy
    • Radiation Protection
    • Diagnostic Radiology
    • Rehabilitation Engineering and Biomechanics
    • Ultrasound and non-ionising radiation
    • Nuclear Medicine Diagnostics and Therapeutics
  • Clinical bioinformatics – involves developing methods of acquiring, storing, organising and analysing biological data.

The services we provide at NLaG include:

  • Audiology
  • Neuro Physiology
  • Cardiac Physiology
  • Respiratory Physiology
  • Pathology
  • Nuclear Medicine
  • Physiological Measurements
  • Clinical Engineering.

Routes into a Healthcare Science Role

There are a number of different routes into a career in healthcare science.  To work as a practitioner you would need a related degree or to have completed an apprenticeship at level 6.

We are developing a range of apprenticeships for different roles across the trust. At present this doesn’t extend to all of the roles we offer within healthcare science but is evolving all the time. Please contact us for more information about our current programmes.

There are careers in these areas for clinical technologists, clinical scientists (physicists), clinical physiologists and clinical engineers as well as assistant practitioners and healthcare science assistants.

For career information see

How to Apply

If you’re interested in a role with us please take a look our current vacancies or contact the recruitment team on